The remains of about 750 people are in long-term storage in the specially designed disaster morgue that opened in April, a medical official told a City Council committee meeting on Wednesday. The refrigerated trucks were used after city morgues, hospitals and funeral homes were overwhelmed in the early days of the pandemic. An emergency morgue was set up on the 39th Street Pier in the Sunset Park neighborhood and in 2020 it was storing more than 1,300 bodies. Families of many of the dead still in storage have requested that the city bury their remains on Hart Island, the city’s potter’s field. The families of others have fallen out of contact with the city,
From last year:
The city is storing dead bodies in refrigerated trucks set up in a Brooklyn parking lot as it grapples with a growing number of corpses amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The trailers stretched from 36th to 39th streets along Second Avenue in Sunset Park on Monday.
City Hall acknowledged that the trucks are part of a fleet being used for the long-term storage of dead bodies.NYpost.com